To Our Readers: Jul. 18, 1994

For the Washington politicians who are struggling with the issue, health care often seems to be about arcane terms like mandate, cherry picking, adverse selection. For associate editor Janice Castro, health care is about babies being born, illnesses being treated and the security of being expertly cared for by your doctors and nurses. But Castro, who has covered health policy for TIME since 1984, knows that in order for Americans to take an intelligent part in the national debate over reforming the health-care system, they must understand those arcane words.

The ability to reconcile the human and practical aspects of health...

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